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Broken pipe causes multiple sewage spills in Hunt Valley

A break in a temporary sewage pipe caused multiple sewage spills in Hunt Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Baltimore County Department of Public Works.

Public works officials have not yet been able to estimate how much sewage spilled from the line before it was stopped, but it could amount to hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage.

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Lifting the fading monarch

Pam Spencer was about to dig up a fading milkweed plant in her garden when her husband, Steve, showed her a black-and-yellow larva he'd found on one of its leaves.

It was a monarch butterfly in its earliest stages of life.

At her computer, she learned it had less than a 3 percent chance of surviving in the wild. She fostered it, released it and did the same with 24 others. A new passion took flight.

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Perdue: More oysters, not less fertilizer, are solution for bay cleanup

Jim Perdue, chairman of the Salisbury based chicken business that bears his family's name, says chickens aren't the biggest problem facing the Chesapeake Bay.

And oysters are the solution.

Only 8 percent of the water that flows into the bay washes over Eastern Shore land where farmers spread chicken manure as fertilizer, he said.

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State introduces fracking regulations, one year ahead of ban's end

The Hogan administration has proposed rules that would prohibit the gas-drilling technique known as fracking within 2,000 feet of a private drinking water well, require steel casings around gas bores to a depth of 100 feet, and require energy companies to replace any water supply that is contaminated by the practice.

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Maryland watching for toxic algae bloom thriving in Virginia portion of Chesapeake

Maryland's protectors of the Chesapeake Bay are watching out for a variety of toxic algae bloom that is thriving in Virginia rivers and potentially creeping northward.

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Sewage has leaked into a Baltimore stream for six months — and a fix could be three years away

For the past six months, tens of thousands of gallons of sewage have seeped from an aged pipe directly into a Northeast Baltimore stream despite city efforts to identify and fix the problem — and it could be another three years before the leak is repaired, public works officials say.

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